“E” is for Elements

The week of August 5th- 11th I got to spend some quality time on my yearly summer vacation with my family. We always go to Alcona Park in Glennie, Michigan. It is my most favorite time of the year because we have a chance to get away from the technical world, the fast paced lives, consumed by work and other responsibilities, and have a chance to connect to the ones who matter most and to the natural elements.

When you begin researching Paganism, the elements is one of the basics a witch learns. You learn about Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. The five key elements that make up all things. The elements are what connect us all.

One of my favorite chants I use to instantly connect to the elements is:

Earth my Body, Water my Blood, Air my Breath and Fire my Spirit

Earth Correspondences

Celtic Name: tuath

Direction: North

Color: Green

Tool: Pentacle

Time: Midnight

Season: Winter

Goddess: Dark

Symbolizes: Stability, Order, Grounding, Silence, Birth, Death, Beginnings, Endings, Fertility

Ritual Representations: Salt, Soil

Moon Phase: New

Zodiac Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

Earth is the element of Stability, Order and Grounding. It is also the element of Fertility, both literal and figurative, and therefore of Pregnancy, Growth, Birth, Material Gain, Business, Prosperity, Sustenance, and Creativity. As the element from which came and to which we will return, earth is the element of Death and Rebirth, Beginnings and Endings, and Silence.

**Because Earth symbolizes Endings and Beginnings, and is my personal element, I cast my circles starting in the North.

Air Correspondences

(**Sorry for the boar motor in the background but hey sound is air as well!)

Celtic Name: airt

Direction: East

Color: Yellow

Tool: Wand

Time: Mornings

Season: Spring

Goddess: Maiden

Symbolizes: Mind, Intellect, Reason, Sciences, Travel, Youth

Ritual Representations: Incense

Moon Phase: Waxing

Zodiac Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini

Air is the element of Intellect, Study, and Book-Learning, and therefore of the Sciences. It is also the element of Youth, Creativity, and Spontaneity, and of Communication and Travel.

Fire Correspondences

Celtic Name: deas

Direction: South

Color: Red

Tool: Athame

Time: Noon

Season: Summer

Goddess: Mother

Symbolizes: Strength, Passion, Energy, Transformation, Will, Sex, Energy

Ritual Representations: Incense, Candles

Moon Phase: Full

Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Fire is the element of Strength, especially Physical Strength, but also Strength of Will, and Energy. Fire is also the element of Passion, Courage, Protection, Purification, Transformation, Chaos, and Sex. Fire is Life and Health as well as Destruction.

Water Correspondences

Celtic Name: iar

Direction: West

Color: Blue

Tool: Chalice

Time: Twilight

Season: Autumn

Goddess: Crone

Symbolizes: Emotions, Intuition, Daring, Wisdom, Clarity, Healing

Ritual Representations: Water

Moon Phase: Waning

Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Water is the element of Wisdom, Clarity, and Common Sense, especially which comes from Experience. It is also the element of Emotion, Intuition, and Divination. It is the major element of Healing, and also contains aspects of Transformation and Purification, and can also represent Death and Rebirth.

Spirit Correspondences

Celtic Name: aethyr

Direction: Center

Color: Violet, White or Black

Tool: Circle, Cauldron

Time: All Times

Season: All Seasons

Goddess: All Deities

Symbolizes: Immanence and Transcendence, Everything and Nothing

Ritual Representations: Fulfilled by the Presence of Practitioners and Deities

Moon Phase: All Phases

Zodiac Signs: All Signs United

Spirit is the element of Transcendence, Transformation, Change, the Void, Everywhere and Nowhere, All Time and No Time. It is the Primal Force that flows through all of us and all things. It is not often addressed directly in ritual, because it is the element of Ourselves, our Will, and the Gods, all of which are already actively invoked.

 

If you haven’t taken a break from the world to connect with the elements lately, I highly recommend it. It always makes my day brighter and more positive and I feel the peace within.

Blessed Be,

Amistis Reudan

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About Amistis Reudan

Amistis Reudan is an Ordained Minister actively practicing Paganism since 2000. Mom of 2 boys, CNA at a local hospital, and Health/Fitness Coach.
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